Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyles for Obama + More Highlights From His Trip to the White House

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The cast of Hamilton kicked off their week by rubbing elbows with Michelle and Barack Obama. First, Michelle geeked out as she introduced the cast for a Q&A session with high school students. “I have been waiting for this day for a long, long time,” she said, before talking about the first poetry slam the White House held seven years ago.

“Lin will remember right before the event we do a photo line with all the artists in the Blue Room,” she continued. “So Lin walks up and Barack and I go, ‘Oh, it’s great to meet you, Lin. What are you going to do tonight?’ And he’s like, ‘I’m going to do a piece about Alexander Hamilton.’ Now, Barack and I, we’re open-minded, we consider ourselves creative people, but we both kind of looked at each other like uh, oh, okay.”

That night Michelle became a Lin-Manuel fan, and first saw Hamilton, which she called “the best piece of art in any form,” off-Broadway. Mobama loved it so much she saw it again when it hit Broadway, and she’s the reason Barack and her daughters (who were hella skeptical at first) saw it, too.

Other than getting a ton of compliments from Michelle and Barack, the cast performed a selection of songs (which you can watch here) and photographed themselves in the White House.

Here’s everything that went down during the casts’ visit to the Obamas’ home:


The freestyle rap President Obama was certain would go viral.

Because we couldn’t visit The White House and not drop a quick freestyle. #Bam4Ham

Posted by Hamilton the Musical on Monday, March 14, 2016


The cast held an education symposium.


They took these flawless AF photos.


The Schuyler Sisters sang about putting on a show for the Obamas.


Sound check was held in front of George Washington's portrait.


Lin-Manuel Miranda took the secret Senate subway to ask for help for Puerto Rico.

“The town I grew up in…the bank, the travel agency, the school supply store, those are all gone. Vega Alta is a dying town. The only people who live there now are the people who can’t afford to leave.”- Lin-Manuel Miranda urges Congress to help Puerto Rico’s financial crisis:

Posted by MSNBC on Tuesday, March 15, 2016